Foo Fighters have recently released their ninth studio album “Concrete and Gold.” From the beginning hearing rumors of them working with a pop producer, guest vocals by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men fame, and Paul Mccartney on drums? I was a tiny bit skeptical to say the least. Then, I thought to myself “I have to give this record a fair chance, because if anyone can pull this off at this point it is Dave Grohl.” So, I went into this album with a hint of skepticism and a slight glimmer of hope.
I will say that this record definitely has a very dark sound to the music and a deep meaning behind the songs and lyrics. That didn’t catch me too off guard, it had a small feeling of listening to their self-titled album in some regards. In some of the songs such as “T-Shirt” and “Run” lies what to me seems to be a bit of a political undertone in the lyrics. All in all, there is not that one song or lyric that catches me and pulls me in to this record. Which I find really disappointing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that is a horrible album, just in my perspective it is not what I want or expect from a Foo Fighters album. I don’t hear or feel the edge or excitement that one grows accustom to on their records. Perhaps it’s my expectations exceeding and expecting way to much at this point, or maybe it is due to the band trying to change pace and direction a bit. Who knows?
All I will say is have a listen and form your own opinion, as you should with any album I review. My final analysis is you don’t have a great record here, and you don’t have a horrible album here. At the end of the day it is merely mediocre, which honestly may be the worst of all three because mediocrity will lead to nobody really remembering the record down the road. We shall wait and see.